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Today's Death Notices

Rebecca A. (becky) Reel, 63, of Norwich

Last Week's Obituaries

Leroy W. Westcott

Published on: Friday, November 14, 2014


GUILFORD – LeRoy W. Westcott, 76, passed away peacefully on Veterans Day, November 11, 2014, at the New York State Veterans Home in Oxford. LeRoy was born on February 10, 1938 in West Eaton, NY, the seventh of ten children of Irving and Catherine (Faulkner) Westcott. LeRoy moved to the Mt. Upton area in 1952 and made his home with his sister and brother-in-law, Cathy and Carlton Odell. He graduated from Mount Upton Central School in 1955. He worked on the Odell family farm before joining Agway in Mt. Upton, where he worked for 26 years.

A peacetime veteran, LeRoy served his country in the US Air Force from 1956 until his honorable discharge in 1960. He arrived in Alaska for military duty on January 4th, 1959, one day after Alaska became a state. On September 12, 1959, he was married to DeLoris Deford in Little River, KS by DeLoris’ uncle Percy.

LeRoy loved his family. His grandchildren were his pride and joy and he supported every activity they were involved in, from concerts to any and all sporting events. He loved deer hunting and golfing. He had a great sense of humor and a willingness to help anyone in need.

He is survived by:

His wife, DeLoris Westcott of Norwich

Two sons, Kyle and Tami Westcott of Sidney and Monte and Sue Westcott of Norwich

5 grandchildren: Matt, Kody, Tanner, Hunter and Miranda

2 sisters, Catherine Odell of Guilford and Caroline Brennan of Rome

Brother-in-law, Bob Burke of Endwell

And 43 nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Irving and Catherine Westcott, LeRoy was predeceased by seven siblings: Charlie, Harry, Frances, Phyllis, Lillian, Dolores and Mary.

Friends are invited to call from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday, November 16, 2014 at C.H. Landers Funeral Chapel, Sidney. Funeral services will be held at 11:00am on Monday, November 17th at the funeral chapel with Rev. Brandilynne Craver officiating. Burial with military honors will follow in Godfrey Cemetery, Guilford. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be directed to the Mt. Upton United Methodist Church or to the charity of ones choice. Condolences and memories may be shared with the family online at

Arrangements are under the direction of C.H. Landers Funeral Chapel, Sidney.

Shelby Palen

Published on: Friday, November 14, 2014


NORWICH – Shelby Palen, 35, of Norwich, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, October 20, 2014, at her home in Norwich.

Shelby was born in Kingston, NY on February 9, 1979 the daughter of John and Mary (Doyle) Palen. She attended and graduated from high school in Duluth, MN. In 2003 Shelby returned to Norwich where she worked for Arrow Laundry.

Shelby is survived by her children Javonte Schwartz, Reshae Davis and Tiernan Lindsay all of Norwich, her sisters Tammtha Palen and companion Terry Beckwith and Latoya Palen all of Norwich and her brother Josh Knuth. Several nieces, nephews and cousins also survive.

Shelby was predeceased by her parents John and Mary .

A memorial service for Shelby will be held on Monday, November 17, at 12:30 p.m. from St. Paul’s Cemetery Chapel. Interment will be in St. Paul’s Cemetery,

There will be no calling hours.

Arrangments are by the R. J. Fahy Funeral Home.

Laura Jeanne Marcil

Published on: Monday, November 17, 2014


SHERBURNE – Laura Jeanne Marcil, age 53 passed from this life of November 13 2014 at Crouse Memorial Hospital in Syracuse, NY to stand before Jesus her Lord and Savior as he welcomed her to share in the joy of everlasting life. She was a resident of the Sherburne State IRA in Sherburne, NY.

Laura was born in Plainfield, NJ and grew up in Endwell, NY. She is a most loved and youngest child of Lena Marcil of North Attleboro, MA and the late Richard H Marcil. Laura leaves behind 3 brothers, Richard P Marcil of Waltham, MA, Robert Marcil of San Pedro, CA, Ronald and Barbra Marcil of Taylor, TX and 3 sisters Paulette Marcil of Sidney, NY, Louise and Mike Wiggins of Cincinnati, OH, Dianne Marcil of Riverside, CA. She is also survived by a large extended family including great nieces, great nephews, nieces and nephews, aunts and uncles and cousins all over the country and Canada.

Laura loved to ride on merry go rounds, play in the park and sand and have a deck of cards in her hands. She never passed up a dish of ice cream, savored animal crackers and hamburgers. She could put together puzzles, liked dancing and swimming, and even took a crack at learning some French from the French lady. Most of all she loved to love.

Laura we love you and we will never forget the baby of our family. Thank you for the joy and the blessings you gave us.

Psalm 32:2 Blessed is the one to whom the Lord charges no guilt and whose spirit there is no guile.

Friends may call Monday, November 17 11 AM at Sperry & McHoul Funeral Home. 15 Grove St., North Attleboro, MA with a Celebration of Life Mass at noon at Sacred Heart Church in North Attleboro, MA. Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, North Attleboro, MA Local arrangements have been entrusted to the Behe Funeral Home, 21 Main St., Oxford, NY. Friends and family may share their memories and condolences by visiting

William L. Hathaway

Published on: Monday, November 17, 2014


OXFORD – William L. Hathaway, 84 of Oxford passed away unexpectedly on November 13, 2014 at Wilson Memorial Hospital, Johnson City, NY. He was born on October 26, 1930 in Greene a son of the late Walter and Myrtle (Johnson) Hathaway. In July of 1957 he married Anne Malley, who survives.

Besides his wife, Anne, he is survived by his children, William F. Hathaway of Winterset, IA, Sheila Hathaway of Binghamton, Richard Hathaway of Oxford, Brian and Ruth Hathaway of Vermont, Mark Hathaway of Vermont, and Cheryl and Mark Parks of Smithville Flats, NY. Nine grandchildren and five great grandchildren also survive and his special friend, Roger Barrows. He was predeceased by his brothers, Merlin, Eugene, and Francis and his sisters, Mildred and Edith.

Bill served in the US Army for 21 years and retired as a Staff Sergeant. He served as a custodian at Oxford Academy and Central School and the City of Norwich. He was a member of the Lake Gerry Association. He was known for his love of having coffee mornings at Mr. Chubb’s in Oxford. He loved auto racing, building things and helping his friends.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at 7 p.m. at the Behe Funeral Home, 21 Main St., Oxford, NY with Richard Howard officiating. Burial will be in Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery.

Friends may call at the Behe Funeral Home, Oxford on Tuesday from 5 p.m. until the time of the service. . Friends and family may share their memories and condolences by visiting

Donald C. Hall

Published on: Tuesday, November 18, 2014


SHERBURNE – Donald C. Hall, 83, of Chenango Ave., formerly of North Norwich, passed away Monday, November 17, 2014 at his home.

He was born August 6, 1931 in Norwich, a son of the late Archie and Lucy Breed Hall and was a graduate of Norwich High School. Donald married Dorothy Thompson who predeceased him on April 8, 1969. He married Barbara Harrington in Sherburne on February 18, 1972. She predeceased him on December 5, 2010. Don worked at NBT Bank in Norwich for 43 years until his retirement. He was the head of the Audit Department for over 20 years, and Vice President of the Administrative Division.

Don was very civic minded and committed to his community. He had been a member and treasurer of the North Norwich Fire District; served on the Sherburne-Earlville School Board for 14 years; was a Trustee of the Village of Sherburne for 6 years; and a volunteer at Chenango Memorial Hospital.

He was a member of the Church of the Epiphany in Sherburne.

Surviving are his children, Tamara Hall of Norwich; Beth and Steve Roach of Oxford; Carrie Brown of Homer; Peggy and Douglas Schallenberg of Westernville; step-children, Cynthia L. and Donald Rogers of Norwich; Michele A. and Stanley Barker of Lee Center; sister and brother-in-law, Judy and Robert Pike of OK; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Robert and Dorothy Hall, Harley and Sandy Hall, all of Norwich; sixteen grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

Services will be held at 10am Thursday, November 20, 2014 from the Church of the Epiphany, Classic St., Sherburne, followed by interment in Mt. Hope Cemetery, Norwich.

Friends are invited to call at the Burgess & Tedesco Funeral Home, 10 S. Main St., Sherburne on Wednesday from 5-7 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the Church of the Epiphany, PO Box 538, Sherburne, NY 13460; or to Hospice of Chenango County, 21 Hayes St., Norwich, NY 13815.

To send a condolence and sign the Book of Memories online go to

Elizabeth (betty Murphy) Gay

Published on: Wednesday, November 19, 2014


WOODBRIDGE, VA – Regretfully we report the death of Elizabeth (Betty Murphy) Gay, in Woodbridge, Va. on August 20, 2014 following a long illness.

Betty was born July, 1935 to Louise M. (Franklin) and Matthew B. Murphy in the Preston area. She was a 1954 graduate of Norwich High School where she participated in sports and studied bookkeeping and business law. She loved to dance and she and cousin, Betty Law, spent many fun Saturday nights dancing at the Loomis Hayloft near So. Otselic. They also enjoyed fun times at family gatherings and reunions. Elizabeth served as Bettys bridesmaid in June 1958 before moving to the D.C. area where she was employed and met her future husband, Sidney Gay of W. Virginia. They were married Nov. 23, 1960. Sid predeceased her in March 2005.

Elizabeth is sadly missed by survivors including her brother, DeWitt and wife Cassandra of McDonough, her sister-in-law, Marjorie Murphy, nephew Luke Murphy of Norwich, several nieces and nephews, her cousin Betty Law and husband Del of Sherburne, Janet Byrne of Norwich and several other cousins and friends. She was predeceased by her father in 1950, her mom in 1993, and brothers, Glenn in 1947 and Leon in 2004, as well as many aunts, uncles, and cousins, Arrangements and estate details are handled by her nephew, Luke Murphy of Norwich.

Jennie I. Versteeg

Published on: Thursday, November 20, 2014


NORWICH – Jennie I. Versteeg, 93, of Norwich, passed away on Monday, November 17, 2014 at Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown.

Born February 8, 1921 in Utrecht, Netherlands, Jennie was the daughter of Lambert and Sophia (Jacobsen) Intres who immigrated to the U.S. in the late 1920’s. In 1943, she married Dirk Versteeg and after World War II, raised two children in Cedar Grove, NJ.

Following her husband’s death, Jennie moved to be closer to her brother and his family in Norwich, residing most recently at the Chenango Valley home on Fair Street. She was predeceased by her son, Kim, and by her brothers, Lambert Intres (Edie) of Wayne, NJ, and Jean Intres (Ruth) of Naples, FL. Jennie is survived by her daughter, Jennie Versteeg, of Peterborough, Ontario, by her niece, Patricia Brown (Charles) and grandniece, Alison, as well as Gary Intres (Debbie), Rick Intres (Nancy), Chuck Intres (Jenny) and Cathy Natoli (Michael) and their children. She will also be missed by her friend, Linda Shader and by all those who knew her.

Previously known for her skills as a seamstress, cross-stitcher and gardener, she continued needlework after moving to the Chenango Valley Apartments. There she also developed skill as a painter in acrylics, winning the Chenango County seniors competition.

Funeral services for Jennie will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, November 21, 2014 at the Wilson Funeral Home. Rev. Nancy Hale, Pastor of the Broad Street United Methodist Church, will officiate. Friends are invited to call at the funeral home on Friday from 10:00 am until the time of the service. Burial will follow in Mt. Hope Cemetery.

Contributions in memory of Jennie may be made to the charity of your choice.

Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting the Wilson Funeral Home website at:

Helen R. Taranto

Published on: Friday, November 21, 2014

NORWICH – Helen R. Taranto of Norwich, passed away Sunday evening, November 16, 2014, in the Wilson Hospital of Johnson City.

At Helen’s request there will be no calling hours or funeral services and interment will be private.

Arrangements are with the R.J.Fahy Funeral Home.

Roscoe A. (rocky) Nuzzolese

Published on: Friday, November 21, 2014

NORWICH – Roscoe A. (Rocky) Nuzzolese, 77, a life long resident of both Oxford and Norwich passed away Wednesday, November 5, 2014, in Norwich, NY with his children by his side.

Rocky was born on June 26, 1937 in Norwich the son of Joseph and Irene (Brooker) Nuzzolese Reger. He attended the Norwich schools where he was a member of the football team and graduated with the class of 1956. Following graduation, Rocky entered the United States Army serving his country while stationed in Germany from 1956-1958. Returning home after his service, he gained employment with the Norwich Pharmacal Co. where he worked in the distribution area for 37 years, retiring in 1997.

Rocky is probably best remembered on the pitching mound, for Norwich Shoe in the “fast pitch” Chenango Valley Softball League (CVSL). Rocky was mentioned in a 1993 Sports Illustrated article, “My Kind of Town,” by Steve Wulf. “Norwich Shoe, in particular, had a great team because of its fireballing fireplug of a pitcher, Rocky Nuzzolese.” Wulf wrote. “Nobody knocked the Rock. I can still see him flicking the ball against his thigh, sending another unseen strike past the batter.” Rocky was also an avid bowler for many years with the Norwich Pharmacal League, and also enjoyed hunting, fishing, and cards.

Rocky spent many years enjoying his grandchildren’s sporting events from youth to college which included baseball, basketball, softball, field hockey, and football games. Once Rocky retired he spent many days with his youngest granddaughter Logan, babysitting, going for walks, fishing, and teaching her to ride a bike.

Rocky is survived by his children Robert Nuzzolese, Therese (Bradley)Aldrich of Oxford, his grandchildren Brooke (Mario) Fontana of Lawrence, KS, Bradley Aldrich II and fiancé Cassandra Maxam of Norwich, Logan Nuzzolese of Oxford, and a great granddaughter Addison Fontana of Lawrence, KS. Also surviving is a sister, Mary Demeree of South New Berlin, and brothers, Daryl (Sue) Lawson, and Lorence (Patricia) Lawson of Norwich, the mother of his children Sally Horton Nuzzolese of Oxford along with several cousins, nieces and nephews.

Rocky was predeceased by his parents Joseph Nuzzolese, Irene (Conrad) Reger, and brother-in-law Harry Demeree.

A private memorial service for Rocky will be held at a later date. Interment will be in the Mt. Hope Cemetery.

Please consider memorial contributions to the Oxford Emergency Squad, PO Box 570, Oxford, NY 13830.

Arrangements are by the R.J.Fahy Funeral Home.

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